LUU should introduce policy to protect Trans and Intersex students in sport

Passed: May 2019 (13th)

What do you want? / Why do you want it?

Transgender and intersex students face huge numbers of barriers in participating in sports, from a lack of an inclusive and comfortable environment to a lack of inclusive facilities. The sports offerings at Leeds are a huge attraction to many students, both the chance to compete at the highest levels as well as the huge variety of social sports opportunities on offer.

Currently, LUU has no policy to protect and support trans and intersex students competing and training within the Union. Such measures can be as simple as ensuring that coaches and committee members have the appropriate levels of training and understanding of LGBTI+ issues as well as the rules surrounding them within the governing bodies of sport. The vast majority of sporting bodies which Leeds Sport is affiliated to, allow trans and intersex athletes to compete, and it is essential that support is provided to students wishing to do so.

Additionally, whilst competitive sporting opportunities can be limited by regulatory bodies, trans and intersex students should be free to train with the squads that best fit their gender identity without requiring medical evidence, except when is otherwise specified by sporting bodies, e.g. Football and Rugby Union.

It is essential that these protections for trans and intersex students in sport are enshrined into LUU policy rather than encouraged through individual societies to ensure that all students in any sport are given equal opportunity to benefit from the great sporting environment that Leeds has to offer.

Expires: May 2022 (13th)

Submitted By: Megan Houston

Officer: Activities

Area of Work: Societies


March 2021: Members of the Student Exec, Activities Team and Political Engagement Team have had a meeting on the practicalities of implementing this policy. The idea holder worked with the Political Engagement Team to write this policy in more detail, resulting in the 'LUU Trans and Intersex Inclusion Policy', and this was used as the basis for the meeting. This document maps out all the key areas of work, and it was concluded in the meeting that each specific point of this document will be considered as a policy within itself.

November 2020: Signed off and approved by the Activities Officer and Activities Exec. Full policy can be viewed here.

August 2020: Lucy, new Activities Officer, will get this signed off and implemented at the first Activities Exec meeting of the year.

June 2020: Unfortunately there are no major updates to this work over the summer as a result of lots of LUU staff being furloughed (ongoing), as well as the LUU building and campus being closed. As staff return to work and the new Officer team settle into their roles this will be picked up again.

  • Just needs to be signed off by Lucy the new Activities Officer, and the new Activities Exec team.

March 2020: As below, policy is good to go - but our Sports Manager has left so there will be a delay.

January 2020: Policy has been signed off by submitter, meeting being arranged with Lydia, Activities Officer, for next stage of approval.

November 2019: Policy is very nearly done and just awaiting final sign off from both proposer and Activities Officer before being rolled out.

October 2019: Megan has been meeting with our Sports Clubs Manager over the last few months, and progress has been really positive. In the sign-off stage of the process now.

May 2019: New Policy